AUAR study area
The AUAR study area encompasses 24 parcels on approximately 12 acres in the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The study area is bounded to the north by University Avenue Southeast, Oak Street Southeast and Ontario Street Southeast to the west, Delaware Street Southeast to the south, and Huron Boulevard Southeast to the east. The study area currently includes residential and commercial property and a stormwater basin.
Two development scenarios are proposed for evaluation in the AUAR (described in Table 1). Scenario 1 represents the density of the development proposed within the AUAR study area. Scenario 2 represents a higher density development based on the City's Transit 30 Built Form district, which calls for building heights of 10 to 30 stories. All buildings in Scenario 2 are assumed to be 20 stories, except those that are proposed to be more than 20 stories in Scenario 1; these are assumed to be 30 stories in Scenario 2.
Table 1: AUAR development scenarios
|Component||Scenario 1||Scenario 2|
|Residential (square feet)||940,000||1,643,000|
|Hotel (square feet)||130,000||358,000|
|Retail (square feet)||285,000||285,000|
|Office/institutional (square feet)||1,115,000||2,097,000|
Copies of the draft AUAR will be available for review at the downtown Minneapolis Central Library located at 300 Nicollet Mall. Notice will be published in the EQB Monitor on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. Written comments on the draft AUAR must be submitted within the 30-day comment period, which ends at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022. It is anticipated that the Business, Inspections, Housing & Zoning (BIHZ) Committee at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, or at a subsequent meeting, will receive a report and recommendation from City staff. The City Council will act on the recommendation of this Committee at its regular meeting on Thursday, October 20, 2022, or at a subsequent meeting.
Copies of this draft AUAR can also be provided to individuals by email. For further information or to submit written comments on the draft AUAR, contact Hilary Dvorak, Principal City Planner.